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The LEGO Ninjago Movie Spoiler-Free Review

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

A few days ago, I attended an early press screening for The LEGO Ninjago Movie and here’s a non-spoiler review of the film. After the box office hits for The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie, I didn’t know if it could live up to the expectations the previous films did.

The story itself focuses on Lloyd and Garmadon for a majority of the movie which has been referenced in the trailers and promotional products. Dave Franco did a decent job voicing Lloyd while Justin Theroux captured Garmadon perfectly. Gone was the serious Garmadon from the animated TV series and in comes a lighthearted yet fearsome portrayal of the character. The other ninjas were in a number of scenes but to me, they are more secondary characters behind La-Lloyd. Since this is a Ninjago movie, I would’ve thought they would add more to the story but it seemed that they were thrown to the wayside. The other characters that sort of stood out a bit more than the other ninjas were Master Wu and and Koko.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

The animation was better than I expected. The sequences with the mechs and vehicles were really good and it does make the sets pop out a lot more. The action scenes were top-notch and there were easter eggs paying homage to the old school kung-fu movies. One thing that seemed a little off was that the movie does not use all brick elements to make. The water, beach sand, and grass was just some of the things that aren’t made from LEGO elements which kind of threw me off just a bit.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Overall, I would rate The LEGO Ninjago Movie a solid 7/10. Although it was a good movie, it wasn’t as good as The LEGO Movie or The LEGO Batman Movie. The action scenes were very well done but the story itself may have dragged on a bit longer than it should have. There is a lot of humor throughout and some of the jokes may go over kids heads. Kids will enjoy it as a lot who were at the theater with me did. For AFOLs, go in with low expectations and you’ll be surprised. The LEGO Ninjago Movie is in theaters this Friday, September 22. Stay tuned as I will be comparing the sets that we have now to what I saw in the movie and see if they are a good representation.

Thank you to Warner Bros. for allowing me to see the movie ahead of time.

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  • Rob

    Don’t know how much you can spoil when they showed Meowthra in the trailers. I thought between that and Garmadon being La-Loyd’s dad, those were major spoilers. Then again, I don’t watch the cartoon at all so what do I know. =)

    • David4

      I think everyone knew Garmadon was Llyod’s dad and I haven’t ever seen the show.

  • TKCale

    I thought real grass, sand etc. was because the “Lego sets” are outside and not in someone’s basement. Good review though.

  • Spontificus

    Just from what I have seen on different Lego fan sites, there will definitely be some people who will be majorly let down that the other Ninjas don’t really get focused on. But I will still probably be very entertained by this movie.

  • John McLaughlin

    The Lego Batman did the same thing with moving away from the whole world being made of Lego. In and of itself it’s not bad but it does give the film a different look from the Lego Movie and that is a bit of a shame. Bit disappointed to see that they did that here too but oh well it’s not a huge problem.
    I did get the feeling from the trailers that this would largely be Lloyd’s story and that’s cool just hope that if they do a sequel they devote more time to the others.

  • leggot

    just saw the previev in Chicago, not bad, kids will love it, plan on getting the DVD for endless re-watching… for diehard fans of the show, the plot is truncated and character development is week, but its just a 90 min movie. Looking forward to building the Ninjago City set and other mocs to expand the set, looking forward to going frame by frame at home, lots of easter eggs 😉

  • Guyon van Oers

    i have to go see the dutch version on when it comes out the 27th, but i freaking hate dutch movies. only going there because i dont want to drive 4/5 hours to a theatre which DOES have the original englisch version

  • Brian h

    I never have cared for the Ninjago theme, however I like the LEGO movie pictures. I agree enitrely on the review. My only major contra to the movie is the lack of a LEGO worldscape.
    In the end I got even interested to the sets, especially Lloyd’s Dragon or Wu’s ship.

  • TheGlynreaper

    so they basically showed the entire film in that last trailer including the meowthra ending